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February SNAP benefits will be issued early

FROM STAFF REPORTS South Carolina Department of Social Services will issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on Thursday for an estimated 231,000 households that received a benefit in January and are eligible for ongoing … more

Sumter City Council to meet Tuesday to certify election results

Sumter City Council will hold a special called meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to receive a report from Sumter County Election Commission … more

Looking for a holiday event? Look no further

The holiday season has begun, and here are a few events within a short drive of Sumter. To have your event included, please send your information to pressrelease@theitem.com. The Jingle Bell Market will be held Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18, at The … more

Sumter man's shooting death 'seems so unreal'

So often when tragedy strikes, most people in the community only read the victim's name in the newspaper or hear it on TV and soon enough move onto the next headline. But those who are no longer with us are much more than a name and the … more

Wofford's Ayers keynotes Touchdown Club banquet

The Sumter Touchdown Club presented by FTC held its second annual season-ending banquet on Thursday at the Central Carolina Technical College Health Science Building on South Main Street. The … more

Safely dispose of medications with Sumter law enforcement

Gather your expired and unused prescription drugs, and help law enforcement in Sumter in the fight against drug abuse by disposing of medications to law agency offices for Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. Sumter County Sheriff's … more

Manning City Council's agenda violates FOIA

MANNING — A public hearing amending Manning’s district regulations pertaining to educational services will be held during Manning’s City Council meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. … more

USC Sumter Alumni Association to celebrate 'Bigger Wednesday'

The USC Sumter Alumni Association will host Bigger Wednesday on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in celebration of the USC-Clemson football game. "It's usually called Big Wednesday, but this year it's called Bigger Wednesday because it's the 25th … more

2 Indiana natives killed in fiery Clarendon wreck

MANNING — Two Indiana men were killed in a single vehicle accident on Interstate 95 Thursday afternoon.“The accident occurred around 4:50 p.m.,” Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock … more

Jenni's Exchange now on Wilson Hall Road in Sumter

She has not gone out of business - she has just moved. Jenni Lewis, owner of Jenni's Exchange, possibly Sumter's largest consignment store, is at a new main location at 1310 Wilson Hall Road - the former Best Lumber warehouse - after moving her … more

Readying Swan Lake for Fantasy of Lights

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM It takes more than overnight to string one million lights on trees, bushes and walls all over Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. The City of Sumter is getting ready for the Fantasy of Lights to illuminate the park on Dec. 1 … more

Sumter United Ministries collecting frozen turkeys for holiday dinner boxes

Sumter United Ministries will be collecting frozen turkeys from now until Nov. 16 for its Giving Thanks dinner boxes program to help those in need of a warm holiday dinner. The emergency services nonprofit will be distributing them on Nov. … more

6th-year educator named Sumter Christian School Teacher of the Year

Tammy Adams has been selected as Teacher of the Year at Sumter Christian School for the 2018-19 school year. Adams has a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina. She graduated from Sumter Christian School and is one … more

Sumter School Board advisory Finance Committee to meet

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' advisory Finance Committee will meet for the first time since late October on Wednesday morning at the district office. The committee, which consists of three board members and a few private-business … more

Getting thrifty through a family journey

What started off as a hobby has turned into a career for Rodney and Stacey Lloyd with This-N-That Thrift Store. After years of buying secondhand clothes and other household goods from yard sales and flea markets and then selling them on eBay, the … more

2 Tuomey nurses earn DAISY Award for compassionate care

SUBMITTED Two more nurses at Palmetto Health Tuomey have earned the DAISY Award, an honor that spotlights compassionate and extraordinary nursing care. Sharon Drayton and Mallory Smith are the fourth pair of Sumter nurses to be recognized … more

The price of faith: Coin collector shares biblical connections at Sumter Coin Show

hat is the value of a coin? For most, that is dictated by what it can be used to buy. For others, a coin's value is measured by its ability to link the present to the past, as is the case for ancient coin collector Tom Wood, who uses coins to … more

Help someone else in Sumter this Christmas season

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Cram-A-Cruiser Toy … more

Enjoy the Living Christmas Story, Morris College Christmas concert and more

The holiday season has begun, and here are a few events within a short drive of Sumter. To have your event included, please send your information to pressrelease@theitem.com. Join the journey at Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty … more

6 vying for at-large Sumter School Board seats discuss superintendent, safety, teacher pay at forum

The two at-large seats on Sumter School District Board of Trustees have drawn interest ever since the county's legislative delegation added the positions in the spring of 2017 after the district's financial crisis from fiscal 2016. In July 2017, … more
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